Although the Talisker Distillery, at the tender age of 185, seems on the younger side compared to several other Scottish distilleries, its style offers a true maturity in the single malt category. Buffeted by salty sea air, clouds, and peat, Talisker, the lone distillery on the Isle of Skye, represents a true island whisky with a style all its own. Gently peated to 18–22 parts per million (ppm), this elegant lass is fashioned from barley harvested at Muir of Ord, a village located just West of the Highland epicentre of Inverness.
The Isle of Skye itself lies to the Northwest, far above the reaches of Islay, Arran, and Jura, while the village of Carbost (home to the Talisker Distillery) is nestled just in the Loch Harport inlet, protected from harsh Atlantic winds and weather. A feathering of oceanic character whispers elegantly across the spirit, while the terroir of the land provides Talisker’s everlasting style in the bottle. Certainly a true gem, and unlike any other bottle produced in Scotland.
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